Let Me Hear It Barefoot

Directed by Riho Kudo2021Japan128 mins

Handsome but painfully shy, and awkward around his friends, young Naomi spends his days collecting oddball discarded artifacts from 20th-century life—analog tape recorders and obsolete videocassettes—breathing new life into them, even as he is baffled by how to connect with friends and his distant father. But things start to shift when he meets happy-go-lucky young Maki, who shares Naomi’s love for all things analog and who cajoles Naomi to collaborate on an unusual recording project: making audio postcards for his elderly blind friend Midori, to convince her that he is traveling the world that she no longer can see.

In tender and wryly comic scenes, the two young men begin to bond, struggling to express what they both feel must be kept unspoken, and resorting to horseplay and wrestling as a kind of proxy language. Riho Kudo’s delicate and gently humorous drama allows her reserved characters the time and space to blossom, poignantly depicting a world where simply being a bit different is a thundering rebellion.


Masks and proof of vaccination are not required for this screening.
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Original Language Title
Riho Kudo
Running Time
128 mins
In Japanese with English subtitles
North America
Streaming, Narrative Features, Fully-Subtitled Films
Program Note Writer
Peter L. Stein
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